HC Deb 01 November 1939 vol 352 c1959W
Mr. Ridley

asked the Secretary for Mines under what authority the Petroleum Board was established; what are its functions; and to whom is it responsible?

Mr. Lloyd

The Petroleum Board was set up by and is representative of all branches of the petroleum industry in this country. Its object was to secure such economies in the use of existing facilities as would enable the industry to meet the greatly increased war demands of the Fighting Services and industry.

I am glad to have this opportunity of expressing appreciation of the action of the industry which was taken with the approval of the Government and was accorded recognition in the Petroleum Order No. 2, dated 13th October, 1939.

With regard to the second part of the question, I shall be prepared to answer questions on this subject.